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Kuroda to Make Second Spring Start; First Roster Cuts Announced

Rangers (ss) (4-4-1) at Dodgers (ss) (2-5-1)

1:05pm, Camelback Ranch, Glendale, AZ

Hiroki Kuroda will make his second start of the spring today, and if the likely rest of the rotation is any indication, Kuroda will have a good outing:

Dodger Pitchers Making Second Start This Spring
Pitcher Date Opp IP H R ER BB K
Vicente Padilla Mar 10 Arizona 3.0 4 1 1 1 4
Eric Stults Mar 12 CPBL 3.0 0 0 0 1 4
Clayton Kershaw   
Mar 12 Cincinnati 3.0 2 0 0 2 3
Chad Billingsley Mar 13 Arizona 3.0 3 0 0 1 4

After last night's game in Taiwan, the Dodgers reassigned pitcher Francisco Felix, catcher Gabe Gutierrez, and outfielder Brian Barton to minor league camp.  Joining them was catcher-turned-pitcher Kenley Jansen, who was optioned.  The number of players in major league camp now stands at 61.

You can check out Jon SooHoo's photo galleries from yesterday's action in Taiwan here and here.

Here are the lineups, which include Garret Anderson, making his Dodger debut, at designated hitter::

Rangers      Dodgers
CF Borbon SS Furcal
SS Andrus 2B DeWitt
LF Murphy RF Ethier
RF Cruz CF Kemp
1B Davis DH Anderson
C Saltalamacchia 3B Blake
DH Ramirez LF Johnson
2B Arias 1B Mientkiewicz   
3B German C Ausmus
P Holland P Kuroda

Dodger pitchers scheduled to follow Kuroda are Jeff Weaver, Jonathan Broxton, George Sherrill, and Ramon Troncoso.

The scheduled pitchers for the Rangers today are Derek Holland, Geoff Geary, Clay Rapada, Pedro Strop, Michael Kirkman, and Willie Eyre.  Texas has a split squad, with the rest of their team back home in Surprise to face the Diamondbacks.

Tomorrow, the Dodgers travel to Tempe, for Diablo Stadium and a Dr. Pepper!  Probable pitchers for Monday are Padilla, Ramon Ortiz, and Luis Ayala.  I am guessing the plan is for pitchers on the starter's program -- including Padilla and Ortiz -- to pitch four innings in their third appearance (up from two and three, respectively, in the first two outings).

The Dodgers have quite a few players from minor league camp in uniform for today's game:

No Pos Player
83 P Tim Corcoran
89 P Chris Withrow
95 P Ethan Martin
90 C Ryan Arp
90 C Gorman Erickson
69 SS Christian Lara
94 2B/3B Cesar Suarez
96 1B Steve Caseres
97 3B Pedro Baez
84 OF Timo Perez
91 OF Andrew Lambo
92 OF Brian Cavazos-Galvez
93 OF Preston Mattingly

TV: Prime Ticket (the next four games are on TV; tomorrow, we get the Angels' broadcast on Fox Sports West, Tuesday is an off day, then both Wednesday and Thursday back on Prime Ticket)

Radio: KABC 790 and the Dodger Radio Network.